Resorts Owner: PokerStars Close to New Jersey Launch

The owner of Atlantic City’s Resorts casino says PokerStars is in the final stages of preparing for a launch of an online gambling site in New Jersey. The online giant is partnered with the casino. Morris Bailey (l.), owner of the casino, did not give the date of the launch, but said it will be followed by the opening of a live poker room at the property.

It’s been a long wait for PokerStars in New Jersey, but the owner of Atlantic City’s Resorts casino says the online company is close to launching a real-money site in partnership with Resorts.

Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts, told reporters that the long-awaited deal is close to being finalized. Bailey, however, stopped short of saying on what date the site would open, but did say the paperwork and licensing was close to being finalized.

The casino—which recently laughed its own site for online casino games and opened an online lounge on its casino floor—plans to build a new live-action poker room to complement the PokerStars site.

His comments come shortly after the head of Amaya Inc., the parent company of PokerStars, David Baazov said a launch will come in the next few months.

“As it relates to New Jersey I would say that we feel that this is coming. We would expect to receive and launch in the next quarter,” read a statement from Baazov at the end of March.

Bailey’s comments came at the opening of the new online gaming lounge at Resorts. The casino has launched through a partnership with SNG Interactive.

In New Jersey, all online gambling sites must be partnered with an Atlantic City casino. The casinos, however, can partner with multiple sites.

PokerStars was expected to be approved quickly in New Jersey after it was acquired by Amaya Gaming, but the licensing process has dragged on for several months.